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We have decided to write this letter to make things very clear. This so-called, Battlement Mesa Concerned Citizens organization is a very, very small group of people who, we believe, are a bit confused about what makes Western Garfield County function.

When you purchase property in this county, you know there will be gas drilling. It was here long before some of you were and will be here long after we are gone. Surely you noticed the wells covering the landscape up and down this valley when you came here. Did you think they would just go away? There was never a question of “if” there would be gas drilling in Battlement Mesa, but “when.”

Let’s be honest here, the results of any water and air quality test aren’t going to change your mind about the drilling. You just don’t like the drilling, period. If this lifestyle isn’t for you, then you shouldn’t have made this area your home. Plain and simple.

We are here to set the record straight. The vast majority of citizens in Battlement Mesa are not part of this “Concerned Citizens” organization, nor do we have any interest in it. We want the gas drilling. We need the gas drilling. It’s the one constant that keeps this barely functioning community alive.


Kari Arneson and Chuck Perrin

Battlement Mesa

I read with amusement the article in the Post proclaiming that “The Garfield County Democratic Party Invites you to attend the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet.”

Seeing as how the Democratic Party was anti-civil rights until Kennedy was at the helm, I find it ironic that the Democratic Party now embraces Dr. Martin Luther King.

From Democratic U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas stating: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever” and 83 percent of Democrats voting no to a bill to abolish slavery in 1862 to a 125-hour round-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats in 1960 and Democrats attempting to block the 1965 Voting rights act, the Democrats have opposed every attempt at legislating equal rights for blacks until relatively recently. How can they now proclaim to be a supporter of Dr. King?

In his famous “I have a dream” speech, King stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Yet it is the Democratic Party that keeps programs alive like affirmative action, and hiring quotas that depend on judging people by the color of their skin, and ignoring their character. Anyone who would believe that the Democrats are the party of Dr. Martin Luther King, must first ignore the weight of 100 years of history.

Joe Blanc


With all the bad press about SkiCo I thought I would offer up my thanks to Sunlight Mountain Resort. We have been going there for the last 12 years, ever since our oldest child participated in the fourth grade free pass program.

Sunlight has made it a great local and family resort. We bring out-of-town friends there to ski almost every year. Our weekends are spent there with friends and family skiing, boarding and snow shoeing.

It is so nice to have a convenient location that really does cater to the locals and families. We enjoying being able to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful sunny days on the deck. Since we bring a picnic lunch, which affords us the ability to buy our beverages from the resort, we purchase our pops, beer, wine and hot chocolate at the bar concession.

And that brings me to the only drawback we have come to realize at the resort … the bartenders. Unfortunately we noticed it last year that some of them seem to be quite grumpy. We wrote it off to end of the season exhaustion. However, we are barely one month into the season and some have become very rude. I would think that it would be hard to make a living on tips being so nasty. By the way tips are earned by giving good friendly service. Hopefully someone will find the time to talk to them; perhaps they don’t realize that’s how people perceive them. Let’s all give a shout out to the bartenders: Smile, life is too short not to.


Eileen Tinker


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